HTC resumes shipment of One Mini as sales ban lifted

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HTC has said its customers “should feel confident in their ability to promote and sell all HTC devices”

HTC has resumed shipment of its One Mini handset to the UK after a judge decided to hold off on banning sales of the product in the country.

On December 3, a judge ruled HTC’s choice of chip-set, or processor, breached a patent owned by Nokia. As a result, a sales ban on the One Mini was due to be enforced on December 6. HTC also agreed to suspend shipments of the device into the country.

However, HTC immediately appealed the verdict, and at the first hearing yesterday (December 12) the judge decided to postpone any ban until the appeal is concluded.

HTC said it will resume shipment of devices and that customers “should feel confident in their ability to promote and sell all HTC devices”.

The appeal is ongoing, but HTC said that regardless of the outcome it will be able to sell all devices as it is working with its chip suppliers on “alternative solutions”. In other words, even if Nokia’s patent is again found to be valid – new HTC devices will not contain the offending processor.

HTC said: “HTC is delighted that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the injunction against our products. We will immediately resume shipment of all of our devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family. Similarly, our customers should feel confident in their ability to promote and sell all HTC devices. Even though we plan to aggressively appeal the validity decision of Nokia’s EP 0 998 024 patent, we will continue to work with our chip suppliers on alternative solutions to ensure minimal disruption to our business in the future.”

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